This compact disc just may be the most anticipated release of the year. Sharena "Goldy" Martin was born into a musical family and raised on Chicago's north side by her grandmother. Her grandmother and great aunts formed The Stewart Sisters and performed with the Song Birds of the South for over 40 years. Life After Pain, her first release, comes after a painful and rough childhood, having been abandoned by her parents. She studied counseling at UALR while continuing to pursue her true love music. Early influences included The Jacksons, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Sade. As a young girl, Goldy was taken to the local studios, making up the hooks to songs for different artists. She joined the Divas of the Rock group in March of 2007, who headlined in a couple of different local news papers, including the Arkansas Times. Goldy also performed solo at The Red Room, Roberts, Sticky Fingers and the Counter Point Club where she was featured in the Nightflying Entertainment Guide. She continues to perform at the Cornerstone every Tuesday and at Classics every Wednesday. Goldy teamed up with Tyrone "Mr. Magic " Jones. She impressed him upon hearing her unique voice and thought that she was meant to be . Tyrone pushed everything aside to put Goldy's project in front of his own, and together they were the Neo-Soul and Rap duo. Referred to as the next Erykah Badu, Goldy has proven herself to be just what everybody expected - a BLESSING.